ARC Graduate Research Grants
2016/17 ARC GRG Recipients
Danielle Dadiego, Anthropology
Little historical and archaeological work has been done regarding the colonial period in Belize. During the seventeenth century English privateers encroached on the Spanish logging monopoly creating a legal and territorial dispute between England and Spain that would last for over two centuries. Spain issued a policy that prohibited any settlement within the southeastern region of Belize, in attempt to stop English encroachment. I am specifically interested in looking at frontier settlements in this area (whether Spanish or English) and how they worked within the colonial political economy, essentially “under the radar” yet centrally important to the success of the trade economy. The holdings in the Bancroft library include primary and secondary sources concerning Colonial Spanish America, and Central Mexico in particular. I will conduct four days of research at the Bancroft library to produce a list on holdings specifically related to my dissertation topic and Latin America in general.
Chester Liwosz, Anthropology
This study employs cutting-edge, zero-impact experimental and recording methods to better understand connections between Mojave Desert rock art, and the practices and experiences motivating their creation. Kawaiisu, Paiute, and Shoshone oral traditions frequently credit rock image production to the actions of spirits (often Coyote or Water Baby), whose echoes indicate their presence at these locations. Technical and stylistic qualities of these carved and/or painted images strongly indicate the production process often generated rhythmic beats. Cognitive neuropsychology informs us this repetitive audio droning, and the statistically dominant intricate geometric designs, both cross-culturally correlate with trance-inducing cultural practices. For three Mojave Desert rock art landscapes, I generate 3-dimensional digital models of these spaces in which to curate visible and auditory properties (e.g. echo and resonance). This integrative, multisensory approach tests the neuropsychology hypothesis for consistency with oral traditions. This study ambitiously strives to bridge western empirical and indigenous ontologies of spirit phenomena.